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Automotive Emergencies: Part 2

    We all know how important it is to have a basic knowledge of first aid in an emergency, but how many of you know first aid for an automotive emergency? This is part two of a three part series that will help you be prepared should you suffer a automotive break down.
» Part 1: Emergency Stops
» Part 2: Emergency Stops
» Part 3: Emergency Stops
» Part 4: Car Doesn't Work
» Part 5: Change A Flat Tire
» Part 6: Other Problems


  1. This is something that has happened to most of us at one time or another, a bee flies into the car. Just slow down and pull off to the side of the road. Don't panic and slam on the brakes. That could cause the car in back of you to run into you. With a bee in the car the worse thing that could happen is you get stung. That's a lot better than wrecking a car.


    I knew a car salesman who had a bee fly into the brand new Nissan 280ZX he was driving and he panicked, tried to swat the bee and rolled the car over in a ditch. Totaled the car and got seriously injured. On the bright side, the bee escaped without injury.

  2. Your windows suddenly fog up. If they are fogged up on the outside, turn on your windshield wipers. If it's inside, wipe the window with a napkin or your hand. Brake gently and pull off the road. Turn on the defroster and A/C and wait until the windshield clears and you can safely continue driving. If it doesn't clear, you probably have a leaking heater core and it's time to call a tow truck.

  3. You are driving home from visiting your parents and all of a sudden you are going sideways. You are skidding on black ice. Do NOT slam on the brakes! In fact, do not use the brakes at all!! Just take your foot off the gas pedal and steer into the direction you want the vehicle to go. That, and praying, is just about all you can do until you regain control of the vehicle.

  4. You are distracted for a moment and your wheels fall into a low or soft shoulder. Don't fight the road, brake gently and let the vehicle slow down and then turn the car back onto the road. Jerking the steering wheel can cause the vehicle to skid out of control.

  5. Your engine dies while you are driving. Shift into neutral. Brake gently and coast to the side of the road. You'll lose power steering and power brakes, so turning and stopping will be more difficult.

  6. And no matter where you are or where you are going, wear your seat belts! That's the best thing to have on in an emergency.

» Part 1       » Part 2       » Part 3       » Part 4
Part 5       » Part 6
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